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Shangri-La Hotel Project - Jeddah
This project involves construction of the five-star Shangri-La Hotel on Jeddah Corniche in Saudi Arabia. Shangri-La will also manage and provide services to the 122 residences in the tower. The hotel comprising 65 floors offering 242 rooms, featuring four restaurants, function rooms, including a three-story grand ballroom, luxury spa and fitness areas, a swimming pool, children's club and several lounges. It will be a 240-metre high tower, with a total built up area of 79,624 square metres and site area of about 9,710 square metres. The Shangri-La Hotel is just a hundred metres from the Red Sea, located near what used to be a coral reef. The coral stone has large irregularly shaped voids and channels mostly filled with coral sediment. Constructing the high-rise building posed unique challenges that our experts overcame in planning and support services while laying the foundations. The high-rise rests on a 3 m reinforced concrete slab built on 125 foundation piles at a depth of 50 m. The excavation pit to accommodate the basement floors enclosed single-layer tied-back anchored diaphragm wall measuring 400 m in length and 20 m in depth; a deep injection well at a planned thickness of 4 m was used to reduce groundwater intrusion, and thirty deep wells were installed to drain the construction pit and remaining water. The property will feature a dramatic design by an architecture firm and will be situated perpendicular to the shoreline in order to maximize sea views and sun exposure. A tender for the main construction contract is expected to be issued by June 2009.